Are backyard chickens dangerous to children?Submitted by ConstitutionHugger on Sat, 12/01/2012 - 15:55
I wanted to get 3 laying chickens and keep them in a chicken coop in my huge backyard. I'll let them out to wander in the yard when I'm outside. I have three children 2, 4, and 5 and I think they'd love taking care of a few chickens.
When presented with this idea, my husband promptly went on-line to the CDC website, where it says that chickens are full of terrible bacteria and not to have them near children. I think the CDC is probably looking after the interests of the big egg corps., heaven forbid we don't buy their crap at the grocery store, and shouldn't be taken very seriously. Of course I'd keep the coop clean and it's only 3 chickens.
How realistic are the risks? Has anyone ever heard of kids getting sick from a few backyard chickens? And what good egg laying breed would you recommend for kids?
So sick of the control.